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Hot Tin Roof: The Cat That Wore A Fedora is a genre-mashup Video Game by Glass Bottom Games. In it you play as Private Inspector Emma Jones, recently paired up with rookie detective Frankie, a talking white cat. The game combines Film Noir aesthetics with Adventure Game logic, retro 3D graphics and Fourth Wall comedy. The game is available here.


This game contains examples of:

  • Abnormal Ammo: Jones uses a Webley Mark 2/3 because it fires a variety of non-lethal ammunition. It starts off with Thud rounds (good for breaking boxes) and progresses to Bubble rounds, a grappling hook, and more.
  • Action Girl: Detective Emma Jones was a firefighter before becoming a detective.
  • Adventure Game: The overall story arc of the game is like an adventure game, looking for clues and talking to suspects.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: Franky will do this if Jones doesn't get the hints she's dropping about items, such as how to save or how flowers upgrade Hit Points.
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  • But Thou Must!: Quoted directly by Frankie if the player tries to leave Jones's office before she answers the phone (thus starting off the story).
  • Da Chief: Boss of the Depot. No one knows his name.
  • Dialogue Tree: Used in the conversations as standard. Many of them often fail to reset after the events that initially triggered them, though.
  • Fantastic Racism: The pecking order is Blockians at the top, followed by cats, then birds, then rats. Rats are at the bottom of the social order, with the only jobs available to them are in handling garbage.
  • Hat of Authority: Hats are a big deal, since only detectives from the Depot can wear fedoras. Franky is the first cat to join the Depot, thus making her The Cat That Wore A Fedora.
  • Platform Game: There is a lot of climbing and jumping in this game.
  • Prequel: Jones On Fire - an Endless Runner about Jones' fire fighter past, saving kittens. Comes up in Hot Tin Roof when Jones comes across some cats she saved as kittens. Franky's fans even wear cardboard fedoras.
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  • Pun: There's a cafe named "Slice of Pi". It also doubles as a reference to game's blocky, curve-deprived graphics.
  • Retraux: The game's use of simple blocky 3D for everything. Also used for comedy when Jones has to explain she's a woman.
  • Samus Is a Girl: And twice, since "Jones", the blocky 3D badass investigator is... Emma Jones, and her partner, the only cat to have made it into the force, is called Frankie, which is actually short for Francine.
  • Save Point: To save, Jones must use the toilet. Justified in that you can find a bathroom in almost any modern building. Don't forget to use the sink afterwards.
  • Sequence Breaking: To an extreme, due to the game's Metroidvania nature allowing player to come across key Non Player Characters before the designer intended. In the release versions, at least, it was possible to find many clues for a murder before you were told it even happened, or to rescue an innocently accused suspect from jail, before he even got arrested.
  • Swiss Army Gun: Overlapping with Abnormal Ammo, the Webley Mark 2/3 is Jones' primary tool for solving puzzles.

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